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house Bill H.R. 2347

Should Federal Advisory Committees Face More Stringent Ethics Requirements?

Argument in favor

The public should have access to information about who the experts advising federal agencies are, and how they are chosen. Because their position carries significant influence, all advisory committee and subcommittee members should comply with federal ethics laws and conflict of interest rules.

operaman's Opinion
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03/01/2016
If they don't have ethics, then we don't need the committee/advisory board. You don't have to be brave, but you have to be honest.
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Alis's Opinion
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03/03/2016
Has government become the morality police? It is not my impression that other than greed or religious ideology, most people who go into government service are particularly unethical. No one gets paid enough for it to be about $$. Power is another issue but do we want a religious police force like Saudi Arabia or Iran? HELL NO! It seems conservatives who are always harping on morality are either buggering little boys or nailing their female employees continue to obsess about ethics! Get your personal house in order & stay out of the policing of public morality!!!
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Scott's Opinion
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03/01/2016
No conflict of interests should be tolerated EVER.
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Argument opposed

There should continue to be a distinction between advisory committee members and subcommittee members when it comes to compliance with federal ethics laws. Political appointees to advisory committees aren’t likely to allow political pressure to alter their recommendations.

ConcernedPatriot's Opinion
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03/01/2016
I am inclined to vote yes, but $70 million is far too much to demand for ethics. We the people should not have to fund ethical compliance. Perhaps these appointees should be required to take an Oath of Office under penalty.
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Kat's Opinion
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03/03/2016
Dr. Ben Carson has taken the hippocratic oath… I believe the state and federal employees should do the same. To do no harm physically or emotionally or financially.
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wpeckham's Opinion
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03/02/2016
I approve of the objectives of this bill. 70 million dollers however is a huge cost just require ethical compliance.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed March 1st, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMay 15th, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform
  • referral
    Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
  • referral
    Referred to House Ways and Means
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Reported by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 114-386, Part I.
  • action
    Committee on Ways and Means discharged.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 292.
  • action
    Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2347.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed March 1st, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMay 15th, 2015

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